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Jeff Mills: Dark City soundtrack

An original story – and soundtrack – by Jeff Mills

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“It is the year 1973. Located in a parallel universe is a planet that resembles earth, but is 300 years more technically advanced. Like earth, its natural resources are being depleted at an alarming rate – and to save most of the inhabitants, a mass exodus is organised to all neighbouring planets. The process is nearly completed. But some inhabitants – ‘stayers’ – chose not to vacate the planet. Instead, they believe a theory that the exodus is a huge conspiracy to recondition the planet and sell it to the highest bidder.

R-4552 is an extraction specialist sent to Dark City to find an elusive ‘stayer’. He stumbles across a trove of secret documents in a briefcase belonging to her. Researching the contents, he finds a link to the Reynolds Corporation, or R Corp. R-4552 travels to Shantoi Province in search of the so-called designer of Dark City. The designer explains the objective, intention, and the theory behind the creation of an illusionary application called ‘Darkness’, meant to alter visual perception. The designer warns R-4552 that Dark City has been taken over, and is controlled by a collection of business interests better known as The Web. R-4552 discovers the name of The Web’s primary officer. Pursued by a mysterious woman, on his way to back to Dark City R-4552 is isolated by a strange weapon and transported to another time and space.”

Artist

Jeff Mills

Deeply inhabited by science-fiction, DJ, producer and artist Jeff Mills adopts its ideas, concepts, stories and esthetics from the outset. For him, Space is an obsession and his music almost becomes a musical science-fiction. Conquering space, his music embodies the future while both respecting the past and remaining well into the present. When he founded his own record label Axis in 1992 -a logo consisting of four triangles pointing to an invisible center-, Mills takes the rotating principle of the solar system as aesthetics, concept and model for creativity. From the beginning, his first releases explore futuristic and science fiction topics such as “Mutant theory,” “Tomorrow,” “Art / UFO”, “Time Machine” and “Alpha Centauri”. For Jeff Mills, the future is a powerful creative drive which explains the artist’s ceaseless activity.

The 2000s, a turning point in Mills’s artistic career.

Jeff Mills has never wallowed in his DJ status and kept on multiplying outstanding performances. When creating Fritz Lang’s “Metropolis” soundtrack in 2000, Jeff Mills takes up with his prime inspiration made of utopia, futuristic thought and a real passion for the extraordinary worlds and scenarios offered by science-fiction. He is the master of extraordinary scenarios and borrows from science fiction the common man’s notion of Tomorrow (redite). In 2001, he conceives “Mono“, a monolithic sculpture and installation inspired by Stanley Kubrick’s film “2001: A Space Odyssey which was exhibited at the CCCB Museum during Sonar Festival in Barcelona.

Mills keeps on fusing his love for music and image. Reframing his extraordinary DJing skills in 2004 when he released The Exhibitionist, a real-time, unedited films capturing Mills in creative DJ motions. A multi-angle filmed collection of DJ sets, allowing him to both approach video production, while beautifully complimenting his art form on the turntables. In 2005, he released AX039 Expanded with the consciousness of creating for Future generations, as oppose to creating for now. Expanding his mind became more important than the Music production itself and he took a strong interest in things that would provoke and question his thoughts about The Future. Science-fiction being one of them.

Sleeper Wakes – a science fiction series.

The Wizard likes to take his inspiration from the little music of the cosmos and keeps his head well ahead, in the stars. Since 2006 Jeff Mills created and wrote a story of life and obscure times of a fictional character that would eventually be called The Sleeper. With each chapter of the evolving story, the character gets increasingly deeper into plots that have so far, traveled the universe in search of new Worlds (“Sleeper Wakes“), contracted an unknown virus resulting into controlling electricity (“The Power“), to the end of Humans (“The Messenger“) and the eternal search of purpose and meaning (“The Jungle Planet“). In 2013 Jeff Mills has collaborated with Japanese astronaut Dr. Mamoru Mohri and released the album “Where Light Ends, inspired by Mohri’s first trip into space, aboard the Endeavour Space Shuttle in 1992. The “Emerging Crystal Universe“, released in September 2014 as a limited object of art is the 8th chapter of this series and the 9th chapter Free Fall, announcing a cosmic menace, is out in June 2016. To be continued.

Cinemix

After “Metropolis“ soundtrack as mentioned above, Jeff Mills was involved in numerous projects of film soundtracks collaborating with Cinémathèque Française and Cité de la Musique in Paris which included his unique cine-mixes performances of “Cheat” (Cecil B. DeMille), “October” (Sergei Eisenstein), “Fantastic Voyage” (Richard Fleischer), “Etudes sur Paris” (André Sauvage) and “Woman In The Moon” (Fritz Lang).

Space is our destiny so let the punishment begin.

In 2009 Jeff Mills presents The Trip in London. With his science-fiction fascination Jeff Mills pursues his work on images started in 2000, and offers a sound and image mix, inviting the audience to a fully sensorial experience. “The Trip” explores the subject of how humans will endure the mental and physical constraints of traveling through Outer Space in order to discover the Unknown. Mixing live more than fifty of science-fiction movie extracts (from 1920′s to 1970′s), following the same principles as DJing, Jeff Mills invited the audience to enter a pulsating atmosphere of the abnormal… Psychedelic meets electronic.

During Autumn 2013, Jeff Mills presents his first solo show as an contemporary artist entitled Centrifugal Force at La Passerelle Saint-Brieuc, where he develops the concept of infinite spiral motion through various sound and visual installations. In the meantime, he presents “Chronicles of Possible Worlds” at the prestigious Foundation Vasarely, a 7 hour performance based on the exploration of exoplanets, in collaboration with the laboratory of astrophysics of Marseille.

Time Tunnel experience

“Time Tunnel” is an all-night long DJ set with special surprises and attractions. Based of the American science-fiction TV show “The Time Tunnel” (produced by Irwin Allen in the ’60s), Jeff Mills creates a sound, visual and performance odyssey that pulls the dancing audience back and forth in time through a simulated visual Time Machine to explore the past, present and future of Music. Time Tunnel has visited several cities such as Paris, Nantes and Strasbourg. The last performance of “Time Tunnel” happened in Amsterdam on October 2015 during ADE Festival.

In 2014, Jeff Mills has partnered with the French filmmaker Jacqueline Caux to create “Man From Tomorrow. This film is more a portrait of Jeff Mill’s music than the man himself. A wandering, poetic and sensitive portrait, graphic and musical, full of film-maker Jacqueline Caux’s intimate perception of the futuristic sounds of the DJ/producer. Le Louvre Museum invites the Premiere showing of “Man from Tomorrow”.

The Louvre Museum residency

Thereafter, he is commissioned by the Auditorium of Le Louvre to be the 9th resident artist of “Duos Ephémères” for the year 2015, a program of 4 different shows mixing music, film and dance. At the same time, Mills works closely with the choreographer Michel Abdoul on an original performance entitled “2001: The Midnight Zone paying again tribute to Kubrick’s masterpiece 2001: A Space Odyssey, shown at la Cité de la Musique in May 2015.

Classical performances

Jeff Mills has collaborated with symphonic orchestras since many years and was the first DJ to perform and capture it on DVD for a wider audience. It all began with the Montpellier National Orchestra in 2005 at Le Pont du Gard, France. The piece was called Blue Potential and had been arranged for orchestra by the young French composer Thomas Roussel. In 2012, Jeff Mills played a new version of this orchestral project, now called Light from the Outside World. Several concerts are scheduled over the world in the following years. In 2013, Jeff Mills presented a new piece called Where Light Ends. A third project, inspired by Holst’ The Planets premiered in 2015. All these performances have always been sold-out shows. This shows the techno fans have been waiting for such opportunities, besides that fact classical audience can find new music.

Upcoming Events

Jaeger & Retro pres. Jeff Mills
Feb 27, 2020 · 11:00 pm -
Feb 28, 2020 · 3:15 am
Jaeger Oslo
Oslo, Norway
Jeff Mills | Daniel Gude | Jokke

Jeff Mills represents the past, present and future of Techno. The Detroitian has played a significant role through the development of Techno and if anybody imbibes the spirit of our weekly Retro residency, it’s Jeff Mills. It’s a rare occasion that the Techno monolith plays an intimate setting like Jaeger but through some divine fate we managed to pull this one out of the bag as Jaeger and Retro host a night with the Techno legend.

You don’t get dubbed the Wizard likely, and Mills’ precocious talents had set him apart from his peers as a youth, informing extensive career that begat the term Techno, and endeared an international audience to the genre today. His resumé contains some significant moments in electronic music history. His work with Underground Resistance; the legendary Purpose Maker and exhibitionist sets; records like Robert Hood’s Minimal Nation on his axis records label; and hybrid DJ sets that have always pushed the boundaries of technology and traditions, have made Jeff Mills the most revered and respected artist in the Techno scene.

Retro resident Daniel Gude hosts the night and has called on local Techno mainstay Jokke to complete the line up for the night.

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Jeff Mills

Deeply inhabited by science-fiction, DJ, producer and artist Jeff Mills adopts its ideas, concepts, stories and esthetics from the outset. For him, Space is an obsession and his music almost becomes a musical science-fiction. Conquering space, his music embodies the future while both respecting the past and remaining well into the present. When he founded his own record label Axis in 1992 -a logo consisting of four triangles pointing to an invisible center-, Mills takes the rotating principle of the solar system as aesthetics, concept and model for creativity. From the beginning, his first releases explore futuristic and science fiction topics such as "Mutant theory," "Tomorrow," "Art / UFO", "Time Machine" and "Alpha Centauri". For Jeff Mills, the future is a powerful creative drive which explains the artist's ceaseless activity.


A founding member of noted Motor City institution Underground Resistance, Mills helped build the artist roster and label ideology (as well as much of its back catalog) with partners "Mad" Mike Banks and Robert "Noise" Hood before moving to New York in 1992 to pursue more vigorously his solo and DJ career (with a resident spot at the legendary Limelight and a recording contract with the noted German label Tresor).

Prior to his involvement in UR, Mills was a DJ at Detroit public radio station WDET (he was also studying architecture at the time), spinning everything from Meat Beat Manifesto and Nine Inch Nails to Chicago house and underground Detroit techno. He began producing in the mid-'80s, working with Tony Srock on the project the Final Cut. It’s that ceaseless exploration in the booth that has maintained Mill’s prowess as a DJ, a reputation that has followed him through his entire career and continues to

Today Mills' extensive discography includes two full-length volumes of Waveform Transmissions for Tresor, a live album and rarities collection for the British label React, and a handful of 12-inch EPs on his own Axis label as well as several collaborations with Robert Hood on his M-Plant label.

Jokke

Nobody knows every nook and cranny better at Jæger than Jokke. Jokke is not merely a DJ, but also Jæger’s dependable handyman and besides renovating, maintaining and even building the club we call home, he’s also booked Robert Hood, DVS1, Steve Rachmad, James Ruskin, Silent Servant, Sotofett, Marcel Fengler, Mike Dehnert and more to Jæger’s basement as our local Techno enthusiast. A well-known DJ in Oslo, Jokke has put together and contributed to some of the city’s more uncompromising nights, including the now legendary Void events with his partner in crime, O/E. Jokke plays deep driving electronic funk of the classic Detroit sort, with hefty doses of House, dark industrial Grotto Techno, and Disco putting in appearances in sets if the situation calls for it.
Shelter; Jeff Mills presents 'The Directors Cut'
Feb 28, 2020 · 11:00 pm -
Feb 29, 2020 · 6:00 am
Shelter Amsterdam
Amsterdam, Netherlands
𝘖𝘧 𝘦𝘷𝘦𝘳𝘺 𝘵𝘪𝘤𝘬𝘦𝘵 𝘴𝘰𝘭𝘥 𝘪𝘯 𝘍𝘦𝘣𝘳𝘶𝘢𝘳𝘺 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘔𝘢𝘳𝘤𝘩, 𝘚𝘩𝘦𝘭𝘵𝘦𝘳 𝘸𝘪𝘭𝘭 𝘥𝘰𝘯𝘢𝘵𝘦 1 𝘦𝘶𝘳𝘰 𝘵𝘰 𝘤𝘩𝘢𝘳𝘪𝘵𝘺 𝘵𝘰 𝘩𝘦𝘭𝘱 𝘳𝘦𝘴𝘤𝘶𝘦 𝑎𝑛𝑑 𝘱𝘳𝘦𝘴𝘦𝘳𝘷𝘦 𝘈𝘶𝘴𝘵𝘳𝘢𝘭𝘪𝘢𝘯 𝘸𝘪𝘭𝘥𝘭𝘪𝘧𝘦 𝘵𝘩𝘢𝘵 𝘩𝘢𝘴 𝘧𝘢𝘭𝘭𝘦𝘯 𝘷𝘪𝘤𝘵𝘪𝘮 𝘵𝘰 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘥𝘦𝘷𝘢𝘴𝘵𝘢𝘵𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘧𝘪𝘳𝘦𝘴 𝘰𝘧 𝘳𝘦𝘤𝘦𝘯𝘵 𝘵𝘪𝘮𝘦𝑠. 𝘈𝘭𝘭 𝘱𝘳𝘰𝘤𝘦𝘦𝘥𝘴 𝘸𝘪𝘭𝘭 𝘣𝘦 𝘥𝘰𝘯𝘢𝘵𝘦𝘥 𝘵𝘰 𝘞𝘐𝘙𝘌𝘚 𝘞𝘪𝘭𝘥𝘭𝘪𝘧𝘦 𝘙𝘦𝘴𝘤𝘶𝘦, 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘭𝘢𝘳𝘨𝘦𝘴𝘵 𝘸𝘪𝘭𝘥𝘭𝘪𝘧𝘦 𝘳𝘦𝘴𝘤𝘶𝘦 & 𝘳𝘦𝘩𝘢𝘣𝘪𝘭𝘪𝘵𝘢𝘵𝘪𝘰𝘯 𝘤𝘩𝘢𝘳𝘪𝘵𝘺 𝘪𝘯 𝘈𝘶𝘴𝘵𝘳𝘢𝘭𝘪𝘢. 𝘍𝘰𝘳 𝘮𝘰𝘳𝘦 𝘪𝘯𝘧𝘰 𝑜𝑛 𝑡ℎ𝑒𝑖𝑟 𝑐𝑎𝑢𝑠𝑒 𝘨𝘰 𝘵𝘰: 𝘸𝘸𝘸.𝘸𝘪𝘳𝘦𝘴.𝘰𝘳𝘨.𝘢𝘶

Friday 28/02

Tickets available in presale and at the door.

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Jeff Mills [ Axis ] (Axis Records-exclusive DJ set)
Shinedoe [ MTM Records ]
It’s with great pleasure that we announce that one of techno’s greatest ever visionaries, Jeff Mills, will make his long-awaited Shelter debut on this final Friday of February. Few artists can match his musical dexterity and craftmanship: from being one of the most seminal techno pioneers to founding Axis, a pillar of the musical sphere he helped shape, to his current work in pushing the boundaries of the actual meaning of music itself.

During this special night, the first edition of his 'The Director's Cut' in Europe, Mills will play only Axis Records, taking the dance floor through the label's extensive back catalog in his inimitable style.

Support on this highly special night comes from Amsterdam's veteran DJ/producer of funk-laden house and techno Shinedoe. Mark the date.

🎟1st release €17,50 | 2nd release €20,50 | 3rd release €24,50

Artwork by Delano Steenmeijer / Floris Heyne

See you on the dance floor;
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Company

History

1992 Axis Records was conceived and officially registered as a solely owned business in New York City by Jeff Mills.

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1993 Opens an additional office in Detroit, Michigan

1994 Re-locates New York office to Chicago, Illinois and closes Detroit office.

Wanting to expand Axis, Mills explores various other type of labels, such as Running Records, Luxury Records, but finally decides to call his first sub-label Purpose Maker. Then, he creates a label based for all his forthcoming future works simply entitled “Tomorrow”. He also began to explore different methods of releasing material through other sources such as exclusive licensing to other record labels, records shops and distributors in Europe.

Axis Merchandise line was created, consisting of T-shirts and other DJ, Techno Music oriented items.

Jeff Mills positions the label to expand in various directions in Dance Music resulting in numerous sub-labels such as Purpose Maker, Tomorrow, Something In The Sky and Mission 6277, a label dedicated to works other producers and artist.

1995 Axis creates first website and introduces various features such as the Electronic Directory, the Axis Discussion and the Axis Shop.

1996 Launch of Purpose Maker Label.

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1998 Axis begins to conduct and orchestrate external pop-up shops in Barcelona, London and Tokyo. Axis expands their merchandise line.

1999 Launch of Tomorrow Label.

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2001 Axis Records registered as a Limited Liability Corporation.

2003 Launch of Mission 6277 to develop young talents. The label was designed to continue until the evidence of water is found on Mars and now the Mission has concluded.

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2006 Axis Records acquires commercial property and opens retail clothing shop entitled Gamma Player in Chicago’s west side Wicker Park.

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2007 Expecting a significant shift in the industry due to the digital file format, Axis focuses on providing more conceptual products such the Sleeper Wakes series, X-102 The Rings Of Saturn and many other science fiction and space oriented works.

2009 Axis closes Gamma Player retail shop and focuses on expanding Axis Records and moves to Chicago downtown offices.

Launch of Something In The Sky (SITS) label focusing on the concept of UFO sightings. Sublabel Taken is launched in 2012.

logo-something-in-the-sky2010 Introduces first digital format of USB.

2012 Axis celebrates their 20th year anniversary with a book and CD set entitled “Sequence”.

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2014 Co-producing the first featured film entitled “Man From Tomorrow” directed by Jacqueline Caux.

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2016 Launch of Axis Audiophile Series to pursue hi-quality sound for vinyl records.

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2017 Axis Records celebrates its 25th anniversary with a book and CD set entitled “T-Minus And Counting” and introduces a new website and radio program entitled “The Outer Limits” hosted by DJ Moxie.

Re-locates to Miami, Florida

Contact

Axis Records
P.O. Box 416600
Miami Beach, FL 33141 USA
Tel: +1 786 953 4176

Label / Administration

Yoko Uozumi
yoko@axisrecords.com
Tel: +1 786 953 4176

Press

Elsa Sachet
elsa@axisrecords.com

Booking

Cinemix and Art / Film / Performance projects:
Yoko Uozumi
yoko@axisrecords.com

DJ:
Triangle Booking Agency
Katty Lange
katty@triangleagency.com
www.triangleagency.com
Mob +49 173 445 3585

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